Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 52,258 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This fourth volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with Rasa-chikitsa-vidya, also known a the science of Iatrchemistry (chemical medicine), a major branch of Ayurveda. It contains Ayurvedic treatments for Fever and Diarrhea. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, chemical medicine) is a compendium of Sanskrit verses dealing with ancie...

Part 26 - Diet and actions in udara-roga

Diet and actions beneficial in udara-roga:—

Purgation, fasting, kulattha grain of one year old, mudga gram, red shali rice, barley, meat of wild beasts and birds, rice boiled with, eleven times its weight of water, wine, (except when taking medicines prepared from mercury and other minerals), honey, sidhu, madhvi (see page 372, vol. III), butter-milk, garlics, castor oil, ginger, shalincha leaves patola, kerabella, punarnava, shigru (drum sticks), haritaki, betel leaves, ela, java-kshara. iron, goat’s milk, cow’s milk camel’s milk, buffalo’s milk goat’s urine, cow’s urine, camel’s urine, buffalo’s urine, light food, bitters, articles of food-stuff increasing the digesting heat, covering the belly with clothes, exposure of the belly to the heat of mild fire (if considered necessary), application of aconite.

All these are to be used having regard to the condition of the patient, In vatodara, at early stages, the following are considered very beneficial:—drinking of clarified butter, rubbing the whole body with oil, and application of douche of oil only.

Actions and diet prohibited in udara-roga

Drinking of oil, butter, and other fatly substance (except clarified butter in the case of vatodara), smoking, drinking of water (in excess, of course), blood shed, vomiting, use of conveyances (for journey which is to bo avoided), sleeping in day time, physical exercise, taking of pista (i.e., food prepared by pestling rice and other cereals, and then roasting, baking, or boiling them), moat of aquatic animals, meat of animals grazing near water (such as goat), pot herbs, sesamum seeds, hot food, bidahi food (see page 7, footnote), food prepared with much of salt, all sorts of pulses and beans (except mudga), food incongenial by combination, impure water, heavy food, water of rivers issuing out of the Eastern Ghats, articles of food-stuff causing flatulence, and fomentation (which is especially to be avoided in kshatodara).


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Diet and actions in udara-roga’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. The text includes treatments, recipes and remedies and is categorised as Rasa Shastra: an important branch of Ayurveda that specialises in medicinal/ herbal chemistry, alchemy and mineralogy, for the purpose of prolonging and preserving life.

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